North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach

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At North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher you'll discover the marine life of the Cape Fear region. Touch sharks and sea urchins and meet a loggerhead sea turtle. In the freshwater life gallery that showcases streams, ponds, swamps, and trees, explore the world of freshwater fish, reptiles, and mammals. See box turtles, catfish, snakes, and even albino alligators. In the coastal waters gallery, you'll learn about the animals that live in the surf zone; then move through to the open oceans gallery for an education about animals that live farther off-shore such as octopus and jellyfish. Talk to the scuba divers as they swim with rays and observe the feeding of sturgeon, turtles, stingrays, and sharks. By using our Kure Beach itinerary planning tool , you can arrange your visit to North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and other attractions in Kure Beach.
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  • Most states are fortunate to have one aquarium to educate and entertain its residents. North Carolinians actually have three aquariums from which to choose. Individually, none is as grand or spacious ...  more »
  • A delightful place to spend time seeing aquatic wonders. I have not been since my children were little. It was still fun to enjoy as an adult without small children. Well worth the small price of admi...  more »
  • Located at the very tip of Kure beach, the aquarium is easy to find and has plenty of parking. Entry rates are reasonable. The facility is well kept and has a lot of inviting displays and is aesthetic...  more »
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  • It has been great. My family lives coming to play and learn in the touch tanks and find sharks teeth outside in the fossil dig. The exhibits are great. We always look forward to seeing what has been added. It's a great educational opportunity for all ages. My kids especially love the Bald eagle and albino alligator.
  • We have been members here for years. The aquarium is a huge asset for residents, maybe even more so than for tourists! Nothing like coming back to find last season's sea turtle rescue has been released, and find a new baby in its place. Exhibits are manned by residents young and old eager to share knowledge and beauty. I especially love that the animals are so well kept here, they are vivid and active and, unless its my imagination, curious! They always come happily to the glass to observe us as we observe them. Excellent Place for all. 😊
  • Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. It is a great place to spend the day. Wether you have kids or not, you will have a good time. It is very educational and relaxing. It's nice to take your time and look at all the exhibits. If you get hungry there is also a cafe that is reasonably priced with a nice sit down picnic area. Overall good experience, very satisfied.
  • I love museums and aquariums and it may not be as large as the one in Myrtle Beach it has more than enough to keep your children entertained. They have a fresh water river and lakes area as the first area. Most people just want to see a shark or sea turtle but having a chance to see local animals is a great thing to do with your kids so don't rush past it. In the "main" area they have a great selection of animals to view. The "petting zoo" area is fun for the kids and they will have a second display by the gift shop to feel an animal too. Last time it was a shark which my son loved. They have jelly fish, lobsters, and a load of beautiful fish. If you like the smaller beaches like we do get a membership. Children 2 and under are free.
  • I love aquariums and have been to many different ones. This one was interesting and neat but smaller exhibits than expected. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable but was not really amazed by the tanks. Clean, kid friendly. Mermaids were here during this time, which was pretty cool! Recommended, worth the price
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